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Winter Hibernation 2013-2014

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If anyone out there has even been reading this blog, you might have noticed my absence from writing the past several months. I have to admit that I had to do some real soul searching. As only one person has left a comment on anything I wrote, I came to the conclusion that no one was reading my blog and that gave me serious doubts if I should continue.

 

I had just published a guidebook to the Hocking Hills in January 2013 called “The Best Kept Secrets to the Hocking Hills” and thought that book sales would be far greater than they actually were. I guess I’d call that wishful thinking.

 

My Pinterest account was the only success during this time and I now have close to a 1000 followers on that visual bulletin board.  My Facebook site hit 100 likes during this time and it was very painful to get to that very low number.

 

I had to remember that winter has never been my favorite time of the year and I normally have a very difficult time getting through it. I think I am one of those people who need sunlight on a daily basis. So to look back on the first year of my new business and see such pathetic results – well I was not a happy camper.

 

I was literally at a crossroads in my life. Do I continue to do what I love even though it doesn’t pay the bills or do I quit it all and just mark it all up to experience? This was a tough question and one that deserved a LOT of thought.  

 

Like a bear I handled it by sleeping on it – literally ALL WINTER long.

 

And this year it was an especially bad winter with LOTS of snow and ice. Even though it is very pretty to look at it is not easy to get around in. It was one of the coldest winters I can remember and at one time I was literally snowed and iced in for several weeks and couldn’t leave even if I had wanted to.

 

What did I discover during this hiatus? I discovered I miss writing when I am not doing it. Writing to me is like a best friend who in their absence I miss their presence in my life and seek them out to reconnect.

 

And then I remembered a few things. One is the fact that most businesses operate at a loss or fail in their first year. So…I guess what has happened to me was normal. The odds were against me starting out as well as I thought I should have.

 

And then I remembered my mother always told me that Rome wasn’t built in a day. So…I guess I have to think that I just built a pretty good foundation for the future. Things can only go up from here.

 

These thoughts kept creeping into my mind, “Don’t despise a small beginning”.  And, “Quitters never win and winners never quit”.

 

This quote also helped me:  “The things you are passionate about are not random; they are your calling”, by Fabienne Fredrickson.

 

So to make a long story short…I will continue on. Even if no one reads a word I write. I will continue on because I love it. I once read a definition of success: Do what you love and success will follow. So with that definition I will continue on with what I love and who knows, maybe my financial success is just around the corner.

 

I remember what Cinderella said, “If you keep on believing the dreams that you wish will come true.”

 

And again, as my mother always tells me, “These things always have a way of working out in the end”.

 

And this applies to my situation as well, “Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness.”

 

So…..If anyone is out there reading this blog, a big, “Thank you” goes out to you. It is greatly appreciated (more than you know)!  And a comment or two once in a while might be the encouragement I need to keep at this. 

 

Terri Baker

Hocking Hills Travel Writer and Blogger

Author of “The Best Kept Secrets of the Hocking Hills”

Website:  www.hockinghillsguidebook.com

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